Required Training

Requirement

Principal investigators (PI) and any individual engaged in human research overseen by Michigan State University (MSU) must complete and maintain current Human Research Protection training prior to engaging in human subject research.

HRPP/IRB Certification

Completion of the MSU Human Research Protection Certification (HRPP/IRB Certification) is required for PIs and any individuals engaged in human research overseen by MSU. HRPP/IRB Certification can be achieved through the Saba training system by completing both the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” and “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations” online modules (unless alternate training is accepted).

Alternate Training

Alternate training may be accepted in four ways:

  1. MSU individuals who previously completed MSU IRB training (i.e. MSU IRB Initial Tutorial or CITI Renewal) will automatically have the previous MSU IRB training accepted as an alternate to the “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations” module and will only be required to complete the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” module.
  2. MSU individuals who previously completed a non-MSU human subject protection course may request acceptance of alternate training in lieu of completion of the “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations” module. If approved, the individual will only be required to complete the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” module.
  3. Non-MSU individuals (e.g. individuals affiliated with another institution) may submit a request to accept a completion record for another institution’s human subject protection as an alternate to both the “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations” module and the “Overview of Human Research Protection at MSU” module.
  4. An individual may submit a request for alternate arrangements when unable to complete the online modules (e.g. no access to internet). Alternate arrangements for training can be made when an individual is unable to complete the online modules.

Requests for acceptance of alternate training are typically submitted through the Saba training system to an HRPP manager or designee for review and acceptance as alternate.

Transition to New MSU HRPP/IRB Certification Training Requirements

Individuals who previously completed MSU Institutional Review Board required training (i.e. MSU IRB Initial Tutorial or CITI Renewal) will maintain the expiration date assigned as part of that training completion and they will need to complete the new MSU HRPP/IRB Certification prior to that expiration date.  

Continuing Requirement for HRPP Training

PIs are responsible for ensuring that individuals engaged in their research project maintain relevant and appropriate training, including the protection of human subjects in research. PIs are expected to evaluate the training needs of individuals engaged in their human research project and to provide continuing training as appropriate to the individual’s role and responsibilities.

The HRPP will provide targeted human research protection training information to researchers. The HRPP will also make available a refresher module that summarizes recent HRPP changes.

Access to IRB Training Records

IRB training records can be accessed at any time through the Saba training system.

Saba Help

More information about how to navigate the Saba training system may be found at the Saba Help webpage. This webpage includes links to system-wide navigation and help information, such as which browser to use, how to fix errors, and log in tips, maintained by the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) as well as FAQs developed by the HRPP which provide HRPP specific help information.

More information about training requirements can be found in the HRPP Manual, Section 11-1-A, Education: Investigators and Research Staff.